Beginning with the “Big Book,” Alcoholics Anonymous, a solid foundation for comprehensive treatment was published in 1939 and has undergone some editing and relatively minor changes into its Fourth Edition. The book, most often referred to by A.A. members as “The Big Book,” described a twelve-step program involving admission of powerlessness over alcohol, moral inventory, complete and direct restitution to those harmed, and asking for direction and guidance, from a higher power.
Essential to this process was the idea that the higher power be “of one’s own understanding.” In 1941, book sales and membership increased after interviews on American radio and favorable articles in US magazines, particularly by Jack Alexander in The Saturday Evening Post. Soon after the General Service Office of A.A. initiated a series of booklets explaining various aspects of the program that evolves to the present.
Reading recovery literature helps members understand and reinforce the many facets to A.A. The written materials focus on recovery and guide readers away from cravings, restlessness and boredom. They also aid in providing solutions to daily challenges after a program of abstinence begins to take hold. Many A.A. and Narcotics Anonymous members find that when read on a daily basis, the program literature further reinforces recovery and continues to bring new meaning to the Twelve Steps.
A.A, World Service Office recommends the following books for establishing a solid basis in recovery. They have been published in English, Spanish and French. They are:
Alcoholics Anonymous, (The Big Book) and The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. In addition, a wide range of topical pamphlets is available on request and may also be obtained though local A.A. groups and regional offices.
For those who are seeking a broader range of written information of Alcoholism and Addiction the Internet provides thousands of references. If however, the individual is concerned about possible abuse or alcoholic beverages or chemical substances, direct contact with treatment specialists, counselors, or referral agencies is encouraged.